Played a truly awful gig Saturday night...

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  1. soulgeezer

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    Technical issues, bad mix, a couple of arrangements that just fell apart. And yet...

    Everybody had fun - including the dozen or so drag queens that showed up! - and we booked a wedding and another gig as a result.

    We sucked and still got work out of it. Just goes to show we musicians are way harder on ourselves than the audience is!
     
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    I agree that we are way too hard on ourselves. I've played a few gigs where things didn't go as planned, screwed up intros/outros, mistakes, pitchy singing. But still the people loved us and we've gotten compliments and more gigs. As musicians we notice these things. The average Joe just wants to hear music and doesn't notice these things. How many times have you been to a concert and thought the band sucked because the singer was off key all night or the mix was off? Yet, everyone you talk to said the band was awesome!

    I think musicians notice this stuff because we expect near perfection. When we make up a setlist, we will schedule a rehearsal to go over the intros and outros of songs we haven't done in a while. A train wreck of an intro or outro will be noticeable but a wrong note in the song will get lost among other notes.

    Just appreciate that you made people happy!
     
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    That's how it goes sometime. Always have fun.
     
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    Even the bad ones give you stories to tell later:rolleyes:
     
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    THIS. Absolutely this.

    And, paraphrasing DougS,
    a bad time often = a good story.
     
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    ...and THAT is how ya "break a leg!"

    Nice job!
     
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    Are you talking about the drag queens? ;)
     
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    Heck, most of the audience are listening through "beer muffs" most of the time anyway...

    As long as they can somewhat make out what you are playing, it's gonna be just fine.

    And if it really goes off the rails, just bust out some sorts Chuck Berry solo medley, and play it off like it was intended lol.

    Good stories hahaha.
     
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    Drag queen wedding gigs......now THAT'S a niche I'd never considered before. ;)
    I agree that most audiences don't pay attention to details like "we" do......but I want to walk away from a finished gig feeling that I am happy with the final results. I've had WAY too many mediocre gigs to get too discouraged, but that won't stop me from using it as a learning experience, both for me personally and the group overall.
    I still want to be so good that people say, (in the words of Billy Joel) "MAN!!!!....what are you doing HERE!??" ;)
     
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    This is what it means to be serious, rather than just jerking around. You can't be good without being able to recognize when you're not; if you suck but just write it off, then you're just diddling around. Serious players want things to be great every single time, every single note, while posers want people to think they're great, period. If you don't flop sometimes, you're not trying or caring hard enough. Good for you to see this -- and to post about it. I work in a field where non-performers and failures always have stories to tell about why it didn't go well, and those stories almost never feature the simple fact of them effing up. So good on you for this good example.
     
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    "Freeeeee Bird," doooooodd! More "Freeeeeee Bird"!

    Congrats on the fun and forthcoming gig. I live right beside our venue, and it's been one forlorn sight.

    But I hear that your drummer hired the drag queens to show up.

    Because of, you know, your bass player.

    Something about "Mascara don't spackle unless you cackle"....?
     
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    This raises an interesting question, for which I have no final answer:

    Are "good" gigs defined by how we play, or how much fun the audience has? If it's the latter, the gig I called "awful" in the thread title was actually pretty great. If it's the former, then wouldn't we be better off never leaving the garage and just playing for our own amusement/satisfaction?

    I haven't had enough coffee yet today for deep philosophical questions like that!

    I'm just going to say, if the drag queens liked it, then it must have been a win, right? :D :D :D
     
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    HEY!!!!! I'M THE BASS PLAYER!!!!!!!!!! ;) :D :D :D

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    You must have a good drummer, you know what they said: a band is just as good as the drummer.
     
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    Used to play a club with a gay owner;
    freaked our drummer out when said owner hit on him!
     
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    I, to, don't have a definitive answer to that "interesting question". I tend to view the answer as "fluid" and depending on many factors. Yes, a BIG factor is if the audience has fun. The "energy" from an enthusiastic crowd can go a long way in making a gig enjoyable. If the band members have a good time (and you don't make complete fools of yourselves) that's a huge "plus".
    So, the ultimate deciding factor is YOU......and if the check clears. ;)
     
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    your show (as a performer) and their show (as the audience) can be wildly different, as you have described.

    One of the major most-important things a person can learn when starting out, is how to continue with the show and make it look like you are doing great and enjoying your performance. Some people do it naqturally; some don't. If you find that you don't do it naturally, you have to work on it as hard as you work on your musical skills.
     
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    Well in my opinion if the crowd was happy then you did a good job. Keep on playing.
     
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    Okay, but I'm STILL not wearing the taffeta!

    Again.
     
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    love "beer muffs" never heard that one before
     
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